Version 1.x provided "two useful features which Drupal itself is missing: a simple permission to allow downloading of private files by role, plus the ability to combine both public and private downloads".

Version 2.x removes the "global" permission and implements a per-directory by-user and by-role filter instead, to let the administrator better tweak the whole website and increment the overall security.

Idea and code (mostly for version 1.x) were inspired by
The 2.x development was partly sponsored by Cooperativa Italiana Artisti.
The Drupal 8 port was rewritten from scratch, but many thanks to Paris Liakos and Andrey Kovtun for their precious help and hints.

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